A former Microsoft software engineer accused of stealing more than $ 10 million from the company has been sentenced to nine years in prison.
The accused, Volodymyr Kvashuk, committed 18 crimes. So there were five categories of fraud, six categories of money laundering, two categories of identity theft, two categories of false tax returns, one mail fraud, access to a protected computer.
Kvashuk worked as a Microsoft contractor before becoming an employee in August 2016. He was then fired in June 2018 when the company discovered its rich activity.
According to records filed in the case, Kvashuk used his trial privileges to steal "currency stored value", such as digital gift cards. He then resold what he had stolen online, and with the proceeds bought a house in front of a $ 1,6 million lake, as well as a $ 160.000 Tesla vehicle, according to the Department of Justice.
For these thefts, Kvashuk used three test email accounts linked to other employees in an attempt to cover up any digital traces of him.
"This case required sophisticated, technological skills to investigate and prosecute, and I am pleased that our law enforcement associates and the U.S. Attorney's Office have the necessary skills to bring offenders to justice," said Prosecutor Brian. Moran.
The defendant also allegedly used a bitcoin "mixing" service in an attempt to hide the source of the funds that went into his bank and investment accounts. In seven months, about $ 2,8 million in bitcoin was transferred to his bank and investment accounts.
In addition to the prison sentence, Kvashuk will have to pay $ 8,3 million in compensation and may be deported to Ukraine after his imprisonment.